I got a "Windows Security Alert" in Windows 7. This is because a program (Spotify) on my computer wants to use the Internet connection. But I'm not sure what these options mean.
Windows Firewall has blocked some features of Spotify on all public and private networks.
I have these two options, and I can check one or both of them.
Allow Spotify to communicate on these networks:
Private networks, such as my home or work network
Public networks, such as those in airports and coffee shops (not recommended because these networks often have little or no security)
The first one is already checked by default. The second one is optional. What happens if I check that second option? And what do they mean by "to communicate on these networks"? The computer is a desktop and it's connected to my home network, with routers, switches and all that.
I'm confused by all this. What is it I'm deciding on here? It's not like I can change the network I'm connected to if it's a desktop computer. I will only use it at one location. So does that mean the second options is irrelevant then? Or are they actually asking how far reaching (so to speak) the communication will be, i.e. allow it to communicate within the local home network, but block communication with the outside world (i.e. WAN)? For Spotify to work it needs to communicate with the outside world, i.e. the Internet, so does that mean I have to allow it to communicate with "public networks"?